Pedro Piedrabuena is our new champion for 2017 after impressing players and spectators alike at the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship with a nearly flawless performance. Undefeated throughout the preliminaries and the finals, Pedro demonstrated a world-class skill and concentration at the table that was inspiring. Whether facing a C-Player or a top player, Pedro brought his A-Game to every match. We are extremely proud that he will be representing us at the 2017 UMB World Championship to be held November 1-5 in La Paz, Bolivia.

On Thursday, June 8 the USBA paid tribute to one of 3-Cushion's legends - player, author and raconteur Bob Byrne. On hand at the event were all the players in the National Championship who were joined by Bob's wife Cindy and many friends who traveled to the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson to join in the gala. Pete Folsom served as Master of Ceremonies, and POVPool created a tribute video which was played on the big screen for all the guests to enjoy. Video links and pictures follow.

The official number was 35. That's how many players were destined to arrive at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona for the 2015 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship. The field included 2016 winner Hugo Patino and five former champions: Pedro Piedrabuena, Mazin Shooni, Miguel Torres, Jae Hyung Cho and Frank Torres.

Who will be there - how did they get there?

The road to the USBA 3-Cushion National Championship can take many paths. See the complete list of 34 confirmed players below...

The amazing Mr. Mazin Shooni went undefeated in the prelims and the final round robin flights to win th Nationals Warm-Up Event at his club in Malden, Massachusetts. Pictured above (L to R): Joe DeAmato, Jose Pinto, Ellis Larence and Mazin Shooni.

Legendary trick shot artist Mike Massey has thrown his hat into the ring and will play in the 2017 USBA 3-Cushion National Championship. A four-time World Artistic Pool Champion, a two-time Snooker World Trick Shot Champion, and four-time Trick Shot Magic Champion, Massey has also excelled in eight-ball and nine-ball. He is no stranger to the pocket-less game, having played in a number of Three-Cushion Tournaments as well. (Video follows)